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Beware efforts to kill accountability

Are CEA and DCTA are trying to do away with all school performance frameworks?

The Black Excellence Resolution Rhetoric (Part 3 of 4): The answer to when is NOW!

Our moment is now, because too many days have passed, and none are promised. Now is the only moment that we have. Now is the only answer to our question of when!

UPDATED: On DPS budget, no one’s lying but some are confused

Given the agonizing budget decisions the Denver school board will have to make in the next couple of months, and given the influence the loudest voices crying ‘liar!’ have over some board members, it’s vitally important that everyone involved come to the table equipped with accurate, reliable information.

The Black Excellence Resolution rhetoric (Part 2) – rip off the band-aid

DPS is still struggling to define equity. Still struggling to define a shared vision forward with a comprehensive strategic plan to get there together. Too many departments, committees, sub-committees, and parts operating in silos, disconnected from the reality that we must align our brilliance to do what is better and best for black children and therefore all children served by Denver Public Schools.

A commitment to monitoring student progress and equity

The Reimagining SPF Committee is making it harder for members of the public to get critical academic data that they rely on to understand what is happening inside our schools. Committee members are asking you to trust that the system is working for the success of your student and then hiding the evidence that would prove it.

A template for taking DPS backwards

The Covid-19 calamity presents an opportunity for all sides to come together to create a new vision for what public education might look like in Denver when we emerge from the pandemic. We offer a respectful counterpoint to some recently floated ideas.

The black excellence resolution rhetoric (Part I)

The structure and systems remain in place. Supremacy ideology continues to choke the potential of this district to be anything but talk when it comes to transforming the lived realities of black children, families, communities, teachers and leaders.

Be thankful for strong educational leadership during COVID-19 crisis

Two educator-moms are leading Denver Public Schools through the COVID-19 crisis. They help us remember something we too often forget: Parents deserve a major voice in their children's education.

Goodbye friends, here is my resignation from the so-called “education reform movement”

I must stop obsessing about poor families being on a predictable path to economic exile, and remember that the white middle-class college-educated people working public school jobs with full benefits are the real victims of the system.

Going negative is easy. How about some actual ideas?

What is remarkable is that Jeannie Kaplan can pen a 2,000-word screed and offer not a single affirmative idea about how to improve Denver Public Schools.

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